At Home With Octomom: Take an Inside Look at the Famous Octuplets as They Turn 8
Inside Edition was invited to the kids' eighth birthday party.
Eight years after Nadya Suleman gave birth to octuplets, she is explaining how she gets through every day raising 14 kids as a single mom.
The mother, who now goes by Natalie, is perhaps best known as "Octomom," although she says it's a moniker she'd rather leave behind.
"I never coined the term Octomom," she told Inside Edition, calling it a creation of the media.
But she admits that "out of desperation" to provide for her family, "I shamefully embraced the character. I have embraced every day with gratitude,” she added.
Suleman explained her morning routine as she cares for the octuplets, who recently turned 8, and her six older children inside a small three-bedroom townhouse located outside Los Angeles.
At 6 a.m. everyone is up and ready to start the day with backpacks and lunches ready to go. Everyone has a chore, and some help make breakfast, others do their part with laundry.
“It’s kind of messy but we are a strong, solid family unit, unbeknownst to what many people believe," the mother said.
She drives her children to school and other activities in a white van and does it all on her own.
“Help? I don’t get any help," she claimed. "I haven’t had any help in many, many years."
Her kids are on a vegan diet. At their recent eighth birthday party, they feasted on cheese-less pizza and tons of vegetables. They even enjoyed a chocolate vegan cake.
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